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March 2015:

March 5th's Grand Rounds to feature NIDA Director Nora Volkow, MD

On March 5, 2015 the IOL's Grand Rounds will feature Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA), a division of the National Institutes of Health. She is the 2013 recipient of the IOL’s distinguished Burlingame Award, and her work has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain. According to her NIDA biography, Dr. Volkow, “pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of abusable drugs.” Her Grand Rounds presentation is entitled “Imaging Drug-Effects in Human Physiology” and it will be held in the Hartford Room of the Commons Building from 12–1:15PM.


February 2015:

The Talking Cure exhibit stops at Real Art Ways in Hartford

From February 12th through May 25th Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living and the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network welcome The Talking Cure, a traveling exhibit by New York artist Melissa Stern, to Real Art Ways in Hartford. Taking its name from Sigmund Freud’s description of psychoanalysis, Stern’s show consists of 12 sculptures, each with its own narrative created by writers and brought to life as monologues by actors. An artist’s reception for the show will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 4-6PM. Click here for more information.

Grand Rounds revisits the Sandy Hook tragedy

The IOL's Grand Rounds held on Thursday, February 12th was a standing room only event as IOL Psychiatrist-in-Chief Harold I. Schwartz, MD, examined some of the lessons learned about the life of Adam Lanza. He presented facts regarding the “cascading issues that led to disaster in December 2012” and theorized about the mindset of others that leads to such tragedies in his presentation entitled “Adam Lanza and the Mind of the Mass Shooter”. When introducing his presentation, Dr. Schwartz said, “This is my attempt to think about mental illness and these kinds of violent events because nothing that we have out there, nothing that we have to explain mental illness, is sufficient to explain the capacity of individuals to shoot this way.”


January 2015:

The IOL's Dr. Durst recently interviewed on CT-NPR

On January 26, 2015 Linda S. Durst, M.D. Medical Director/Vice Chief, Department of Psychiatry, IOL/HH was interviewed on CT-NPR regarding the use of antipsychotics in nursing facilities. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Borderline personality disorder expert, Dr. John Gunderson, presents at the IOL

John G. Gunderson, MD, was the honored guest presenter at a series of events, including Grand Rounds at the IOL on Thursday, January 15, 2015. Dr. Gunderson is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Director at McLean Hospital’s Borderline Center and an acknowledged expert on the topic of borderline personality disorder.